April 8 is Lineworker Appreciation Day in Nebraska. OPPD thanks the men and women who go out every day, in sometimes unimaginable conditions, to keep the lights on. It’s also a great time to learn some lineworker lingo.
Here are some terms and phrases OPPD lineworkers commonly use. See if you can guess the meaning.
Kettle: Transformers shaped like kettle drums. Often affixed to distribution power poles
Backbone: Main feeder lines of electricity on distribution systems.
Banjo: A shovel with a straight blade and long handle
Goat horns: Hooks worn on the legs in order to climb power poles. Made of iron and often also called guy hooks
Nose bag: A canvas pouch used to hold tools
Door: A fuse tube on open-type cutouts
Elbow: An underground power cable terminator
Headache: Vocal warning of danger usually in relation to anything that falls above from a pole. (Luckily, this isn’t used that often.)
Thumper: A tool used to locate underground power line faults
Bodie stick: A tool used to disconnect power from a primary fuse